Friday, July 31, 2015
212. Enclosure Contests
Part science, part sport, and part art, enclosure contests are displays of prowess in one of transhumanities most vital skills: the creation and maintenance of stable closed ecosystems. Contestants enclose themselves in sealed systems of their own design and manufacture. Points are awarded based on the length of time remaining inside. Leagues have been established based on the sizes of the enclosures and allowed technologies; heavy use of nanotech is often looked upon as too easy. Records currently reach up to almost a year, so there are no matches, rather the contests are always open. Sometimes enclosures are designed for aesthetics as well as stability and become semi-permanent art installations, such as the glass sphere in which ecosystem designer and artist Sasha Starkweather lived in for six months, currently on display in Erato.